Jul 092014


Hello dear readers, today Austenesque Reviews is paid a visit from a lovely new author, Ann Mychal, who just published a novel based on Jane Austen’s unfinished fragment, The Watsons, titled Emma and Elizabeth.  Ann has been kind enough to answer some questions of mine.  I hope you enjoy learning more about Ann, her writing, and her new novel, Emma and Elizabeth!

Hello Meredith. Thank you for posing such thought provoking questions. I can’t tell you how I have struggled to answer them, but I’ve enjoyed the challenge immensely.

P1020417Glad to hear you enjoyed them, hopefully they weren’t too arduous!  Since you may be a relatively new author to some of my readers, how about we start with you telling us a bit about yourself, Ann.

I’m English. I live by the sea in the beautiful county of North Yorkshire. (Fans of Downton Abbey may recall references made to North Yorkshire towns such as Thirsk, Ripon, Malton and Whitby in some of the episodes.) I have loved Jane Austen’s novels ever since I first came across them in my teens, and I have taken them with me everywhere I’ve lived and worked. It would be hard to choose a favorite, but if pressed I’d have to go with Persuasion. I’ve worked in the education and charity sectors most of my life, both in the UK and overseas. I originally trained as a school teacher but have ended up in higher education. Emma and Elizabeth is my first published novel. Continue reading »

Jul 072014

Emma and ElizabethA Compelling and Captivating Rendition of The Watsons

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Upon seeing the title of this book you might first assume that it is a fascinating and brilliant mash-up of Emma and Pride and Prejudice, and while you are correct about the story being both fascinating and brilliant, the heroines of this tale are not Emma Woodhouse and Elizabeth Bennet; they are the youngest and eldest Watson sisters, Emma and Elizabeth – characters from Jane Austen’s unfinished and abandoned fragment known as The Watsons. Instead of writing about any Bennets, Elliots, or Austens, author Ann Mychal makes her Austenesque debut with a novel that tells the story of the recently reunited Watson sisters and their lives in Stanton, a quiet village in Surrey.

I applaud and admire Ann Mychal’s approach to The Watsons, I love how she started the story with her own words and perspective rather than utilize Jane Austen’s 17000 word fragment in its entirety. Ms. Mychal does use quotes and bits of dialogue from Jane Austen’s manuscript, and she also begins with the same premise and most of the characters Jane Austen created, but she makes this story her own by not following what, according to Cassandra Austen, was Jane Austen’s intent with these characters. And by doing so, Emma and Elizabeth is different from all the other continuations for The Watsons in outcome – one I found infinitely more satisfying! Continue reading »

Oct 192009


*The titles that have highlighted links are the ones I have read and reviewed on this blog

**This list is in chronological order based on the publication year


Austenesque Novels for Northanger Abbey

– Second Chances by Alanna J. Rubin © 2017 P

– Newbury Acres: An Amish Christian Romance Novel: An Amish Romance and Love Story (The Amish Classics) by Sarah Price © 2017 R

– Beloved: A Fairy Tale Retelling of Northanger Abbey (The Jane Austen Fairy Tales) by Nina Clare © 2017 N  R

Miss Eleanor Tilney: or, The Reluctant Heroine by Sherwood Smith © 2016 (ebook only)  APV MC  N

The Last Adventure of the Scarlet Pimpernel (Jane Austen’s Fighting Men Volume 2) by Jack Caldwell © 2016 S  MC

– Naples to Northanger by Ronald McGowan © 2016 (ebook only)  S  MC

Banff Springs Abbey by Samantha Adkins © 2015  M  N

Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid © 2014  M 

– When I’m With You (The Jane Austen Academy Series #3) by Cecilia Gray  © 2012  YA  M

Northanger Alibi by Jennie James © 2012  M  YA

– Murder Most Austen by Tracy Kiely © 2012  MY

– Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale © 2012  MY

Henry Tilney’s Diary by Amanda Grange © 2011  APV

Northanger Abbey Angels and Dragons by Vera Nazarian © 2010  P  PA

There Must Be Murder by Margaret C. Sullivan © 2010  S  N  MY

– Nachtstürm Castle by Emily C. A. Snyder © 2010  S

Summer of Secrets by Rosie Rushton © 2008  M  YA

– North by Northanger: Or The Shades of Pemberley by Carrie Bebris © 2006  MY 

Northpointe Chalet by Debra White Smith © 2005  M

Uninvited Guests by Jane Gillespie © 1994  S  MC


Austenesque Novels for Lady Susan

Love and Friendship: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated by Whit Stillman © 2016  R

Lady Susan Plays the Game by Janet Todd  © 2013  R

Lady Vernon and Her Daughter: A Novel of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan by Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway © 2009  R

Lady Susan by Phyllis Ann Karr © 1980


Austenesque Novels for Sanditon

– Set in the Silver Sea “Sanditon” Finished by Jane Austen and a Gentleman © 2016 (ebook only)

The Suspicion at Sanditon: Or the Disappearance of Lady Delham by Carrie Bebris © 2015  MY 

Sanditon by Juliette Shapiro © 2004 (republished in 2009)

Cure for All Diseases by Reginald Hill © 2008  MY  M

Charlotte by Julia Barrett © 2000

Sanditon by Anna Austen Lefroy © 1983 (probably written in the 1830’s or 1840’s)

Sanditon by Jane Austen and “Another Lady” © 1976 (republished in 1998)

– Somewhat Lengthened by Alice Cobbett © 1932


Austenesque Novels for The Watsons

Brinshore: A Sequel to Emma and Elizabeth (The Watson Novels Book 2) by Ann Mychal © 2015  S

Emma and Elizabeth (The Watson Novels Book 1) by Ann Mychal © 2014

The Watsons by Merryn Williams © 2005

Emma Watson by Joan Aiken © 1996 (republished in 2008)

The Watsons by Jane Austen and Another Lady © 1977

The Watsons by John Coates © 1958 (republished in 1975)

The Watsons by Edith and Francis Brown © 1928

The Watsons by L. Oulton © 1923

The Younger Sister by Catherine Anne Hubback © 1850


Austenesque Novels for Juvenilia

Young Jane:  Three Plays Inspired by Jane Austen’s Juvenilia by Cecily O’Neil © 2016 (ebook only)  PL

Edgar and Emma: A Novel After Jane Austen by Robert Rodi © 2016  R


M – Modern Adaption
YA – Young Adult
MY – Mystery
S – Sequel
N – Novella
PL – Play
P – Paranormal
PA – Parody
APV – Alternate Point-of-View
MC – Minor Character
R – Retelling